Best Disc Golf Drivers for Beginners

Summer is here and disc golf courses are becoming overcrowded throughout the country. During this annual flock to the courses the great sport we call disc golf is being discovered by thousands of new rookies. As beginning disc golfers learn about the complexities of the game, the first thing they typically want to know is, “what are the best disc golf drivers?”

To a new disc golfer, the ‘best’ driver typically means the one that will fly farthest —  It’s all about getting distance. Beginners rarely want to start out with a “slow” midrange or putter.

When a new disc golfer first glances the many varieties of available drivers, they often assume that high speed discs will go farther. Experienced disc golfers know this is rarely the case. Until a player develops sufficient technique, other discs are best.

True, not all new players to the sport will start be at the same skill level. Define beginner as you would like. What we want to know is which disc is the best for your typical beginner.

Best Discs for New Players

We’ve asked the following questions to our site visitors:

  1. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
  2. What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
  3. What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
  4. What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
  5. What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

Hopefully, advice from experienced disc golfers will help you select discs that will decrease the learning curve, and help you to get better more quickly.

Summary of Your Responses

After carefully reading all of your posts these are the main tips you’ve shared:

1. Disc golfers come from many different backgrounds including, but not limited to: Ultimate, Catch-and-throw Frisbee, baseball, discus, catch with the dog, and badminton. Ok, that last one might not be true..

2. Here is a list of the most recommended drivers for beginners according to this post:

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**22 other discs were mentioned one or two times.

3. Here are some discs that worked well for the experienced players when they were starting:

**20 other discs were mentioned one or two times.

4. Here are some discs that the experienced players wish they had when they started:

Others also mentioned:

5. Here are some common tips from the experienced players for those new to the sport:

  • Try driving with a putter, then moving to a mid-range, then finally a driver.
  • Play disc with others who are experienced and ask for tips.
  • Watch YouTube videos to learn proper throwing form.
  • Focus on your form first, not your distance.
  • Play often, and practice your throws in an open area.
  • Don’t get discouraged, and HAVE FUN!

This summary is a great overview of many posts. Feel free to read more below and find some real gems of advice!

74 Comments

  1. As a big Ultimate Player, I was introduced to disc golf with a Firebird. I could barely throw it because it would fall so hard, and the sport was discouraging.

    I wish I would have known about mid-ranges. But let’s be real, I would have wanted something more sleek and faster.

    So, to answer the question I would recommend something which is very understable, and/or lightweight.

    I got my wife a Latitude 64 Diamond, she loves it. I got my brother a Skyquest Medusa, he can bomb it. The Innova Monarch also worked very well on my backhand before I really started getting some snap with it.

    My advice that I would give to a beginner is control. Give your disc a full reach back, keep your stance flat, and throw until a rhythm starts to flow. It feels awkward at first, and you want to be timid, but just go with it! HAVE FUN!

  2. 1. playing catch
    2. Latitude64 River.
    3. 168g Discraft XL. It’s a light, controllable fairway driver.
    4. Latitude64 River.
    5. Start with a Fairway driver or midrange. Learn speed 6 or 7 discs first, then when they’ve learned those graduate to something a little faster.

  3. 1. I had no prior disc throwing experience, except for the discuss.
    2. I hardly ever recommend a driver to a new disc golfer, I usually recommend a mid-range so they can learn control and accuracy. However, if someone asks and really wants a driver, I usually stear them in the fairway driver range. The best beginner driver disc in my opinion is the lat 64 River. it has huge glide. is not so fast that it can’t be controlled and it has a natural s-curve when thrown properly.
    3.when i was new to the game of disc golf, I had only 2 discs.. a dx shark and a dx viper. the shark was by far the best disc for me. I hadn’t learned all the proper techniques for the time i did play initially. However, when I picked up those two discs again, the shark was able to hold any line I put it on, anny or hyzer, it would fade just a bit and wouldn’t turn unless there was a huge headwind. all in all a great disc to learn how to throw with.
    4. I wish I had a prodigy M4 or the FD jackal (s-line) to start with 8 years ago..
    5. Don’t worry about distance or how hard you can throw. start with a midrange disc of 160-165 grams and learn to throw it accurately and consistantly. when you start to be able to turn the disc over regularly, move to a more stable mid and continue. once you master being able to throw all the different throws with those two mids. then start expanding to drivers and other discs..

  4. 1. Catch with a frisbee
    2. Innova Valkyrie
    3. Innova Valkyrie, easy to forehand and back hand.
    4. Millennium JLS – it goes long and straight and is forgiving of errors.
    5. Learn to drive with your putters. Then your mids, fairways, and distance drivers.

  5. 1- Frisbee
    2- Valkrie, something understable
    3- A valkrie(understable), a X-treme (overstable), a putter (SS Omega)Gotta have your clubs.
    4- Blizzard- light weight, high speed, easier distance
    5- Don’t throw so hard!! Throw a Comet, it will teach everything you need too now about flight.

  6. 1. I had No Experience.
    2. I recommend a Leopard or Blizzard Champion Wraith.
    3. I Started using a Surge. The Reason being is i Sidearm Flick and that’s what my dad used so i watched him and learned how to control it. It was a ESP Flx and Gummy, which worked for my Flick.
    4.The Blizzard Champion Discs, They are light weight and great to start people off my brother can throw his Katana an average 200-250ft and is a beginner
    5. Focus on Technique and control first, then once you get that down you can work on getting more distance. Also, Don’t go buying every new disc out there, find one or two at first and stick with them till you can control discs well.

  7. 1. I was a casual ultimate player who threw catch frisbees all the time.
    2. To what driver I would recommend depends on your intentions. If you want to just be casual and want some distance, grab a blizzard Innova disc. I suggest an ape. Pretty easy to control, and it flies. If you want to get better. Grab a TeeBird or a Discraft Xpress.
    3. The TeeBird was a gem for me. It came out my hands so well and I couldn’t throw it a mile, but I could hit lanes. Since then I replaced it with a Wham-O Fairway driver. Flies the same but longer!
    4. My brother really liked the sidewinder, but I never bought one. He thought it was super easy to throw. Especially at low weights.
    5. My disc advice would be simple. First. Buy a Gateway Wizard. Buy an Innova TeeBird. And a prodigy M3. All will be well.

  8. 1. I had very little disc throwing experience, aside from playing catch frisbee with family.

    2. To newer players, I would recommend slower drivers, Gazelles, Leopards, etc. or even just midranges. At least when I was starting out, midranges were much easier for me to control and place where I wanted.

    3 & 4. My Champion Sidewinder and DX Aviar were two discs that I learned with, and I wish I had had a Buzzz or something similar to add to that.

    5. Go slow, watch videos and players who are better than you. Just because everyone else is doing a run-up doesn’t mean that you have to. Play a round without keeping score every once in a while, it’s a lot more fun.

  9. I played a lot of Ultimate Frisbee before ever playing disc golf, and had some basic throwing skills, but throwing golf discs is a lot different.

    The first discs I used as a beginner were from a Whamoo Frisbee Golf starter set. These were actually pretty good beginner discs, although the plastic grade was terrible and got huge gashes in the rim after only a few rounds. I had best results with the mid range in that set, seemed to fly straighter for me. I liked it better for putting too.

    The main key for beginners (at least for backhand throws) is lower speed, lightweight understable discs.

    After having tested hundreds of discs, many of them while still developing skills, here are a few drivers I’d recommend for new disc golfers who throw backhand:

    1. Latitude 64 Diamond
    2. Innova Leopard
    3. Latitude 64 River
    4. Discraft Avenger SS

    If you throw forehand (flick, side arm), a more stable/overstable disc will work better, but still don’t go too fast. Personally I loved the Innova Orc and Innova Starfire for my forehand throws.

    Perhaps the best advice for choosing the best discs for beginners is to find someone with lots of discs, and use their discs before buying something that might not be adequate for your skill level. I’ve gone out with a few newbie’s who have a lot of power their first few times out. For these guys, a light weight Leopard isn’t enough disc. They need something more stable. If you go with someone who really understands golf discs, and can see what skills you have throwing, they should be able to recommend some good discs specifically for you. There is no one disc that is perfect for everyone.

  10. 1. very little. Had to convert years of throwing a baseball into the technique to throw a disc. (forehand dominant first full year obviously)
    2. Beast is the most friendly for new players with stronger arms. For weaker arms, I would recommend trying a midrange or fairway driver like a Teebird.
    3.Beast for forehand because it will fly flat and not turn on an overpowered throw. Millennium Polaris LS for backhand, because even on a light throw, it can get good distance and is easy to control.
    4. Roc for medium range approach. Teebird for technical lines on approach.
    5. Get out in an open field and let them rip until it feels right. Check out the pro videos on youtube if you cant tell what your doing wrong in your technique. Talk to fellow discers, and have them critique your form… this alone is the fastest way to fix a persistent problem.

  11. 1. I grew up in the late 70’s early 80’s and my uncle had taught me how to throw a Frisbee at a very young age. The coolest shot that he taught me was to throw the Frisbee at the sidewalk and make it skip up to the person that you were throwing it to. That and throwing a Frisbee in general helped me to be as accurate as I am today playing disc golf.

    2. My son just started playing a few months ago and he will be 16 on July 2nd. When we would go to the course, I would let him borrow my brand new Roc3 and my DD Soft Judge. I taught him that he needed to work on his accuracy and then his distance would come later. Needless to say, my Roc3 is now his Roc3 and I bought him a SSS Voodoo because he wasn’t getting my Judge!

    3. I had a great mentor when I first started playing in 1995. He let me throw his beat in Shark and a old Roc that he had in his bag at the time. He gave me those two discs and eventually I gave them to my little brother when he first started. Best two discs at that time to learn how to play with.

    4. Hands down and without question, the Discraft Buzzz. That disc makes everyone’s game better!

    5. Go out and play as often as you can. Don’t be afraid of what anyone may think about the way you throw or play, they were beginners once too. Work on your accuracy and eventually your distance will come. And most importantly, don’t forget to have FUN!

  12. I think the innova valkerie is a solid disc to start with. The reason I say this is because its far from over stable but certainly not under stable, for a beginner. Instead of having a ton of different drivers carrying this one driver, and really learning it, is what will help a beginner get a feel for the game.

  13. Before I started I had only thrown a regular Frisbee a couple times but liked the outdoors and concept so I started with a couple friends and my fiance.

    I recommend a Boss Champion as I had the best distance and control with it when I started. I usually had a strong hook that was definitely lessened when I started throwing that disc.

    For a beginner, keep to the same course for a while to get your strengths and weaknesses settled and bring a seasoned friend. They can help you by telling you what to adjust. If possible, go to a larger open field and throw for a long time different discs and arm angles until you feel more comfortable.

  14. 1. All of my friends play ultimate, so I had a little bit if experience passing with that.

    2. I would defiantly recommend a teebird. It’s an amazing main driver for a beginner and as you get better it turns into an amazing fairway driver. I would also recommend the Valkerie. It’s a little bit harder to throw but it is easy to throw it far without a lot of power.

    3. The Valkerie and the teebird both really elevated my game when I first got started. I also really enjoyed the aviar and the gateway karma. I still use all of the discs even though I am not a beginner.

    4. I wish the Innova blizzards existed when I was a beginner. I’ve seen it work well for so many people and make a lot of people have an easier time playing.

    5. Have fun! Do not get discouraged from a bad drive. Go with friends and just have a good time with it. You will get better if you don’t look too much into scores. Try to play as much as you can. These things will make the game more enjoyable and easier.

  15. 1. My first disc experience was with my two border collies when I was younger. I loved just being able to watch it fly (and it was nice that the dog would bring it back). Later I started playing ultimate and very casual disc golf. It is a great feeling to watch a disc fly.

    2. For a new disc golfer, I would recommend a fairway driver that is slightly understable to help learn control and learn how the discs fly. I would recommend a MVP Amp or an Innova Leopard. If they were eager to try a higher speed disc, I would advise them to get either Blizzard plastic (or its equivalent).

    3. When I started I first learned to throw RHFH, so I got some decent S-curves out of the discs I was throwing because I could get good spin on it. I was first throwing an Eagle and pretty much only picked discs on the name, not the disc characteristics.

    4. From what I have seen, the blizzard plastic is really good for beginners because it is lighter. Another good disc for beginners is the Monarch. I had one that I brought when I would take people that had never played before and it seemed to work OK. But now I usually give them a midrange (MVP Tangent/Discraft Buzzz) to use.

    5. I think it is important for them to understand that they don’t need to try and throw the highest speed disc available. First time out they can probably throw a putter as far as they can throw a max distance driver, but with more accuracy. I also make sure they know that it isn’t important what their score is, because it is the person who has the most fun that wins.

  16. Innova Leopard

  17. I was one of those people that made the mistake of sleek and fast being the way to go!

    I was introduced to the game by randomly happening upon the beautiful Tom Brown course in Tallahassee, FL, and went down to the local disc shop and bought discs that looked good. Bought tye dyes, and dye jobs, bought cool names, and sexy rims with no thought to what I was putting together in my bag.

    So I learned how to play the game throwing two drivers that were way too big for my beginner arm: An Innova Pro Valk tye dye, and a Champ Banshee. I didn’t even buy a putter, I learned to putt with my Shark.

    After moving out of Tallahassee and luckily running into some folks who knew the game, and with a little help from the forums on discgolfcoursereview.com, and discgolfers.us I disced down, worked on my form. I threw nothing but Beasts for drivers and nothing but Sharks for midrange, and re-worked my putting using Avairs. I have cleaned up my game considerably, and have put a few local tourney wins under my belt.

    Nowadays, I still throw my Beast fairly regularly, but have disced up to a Wraith for some of the bigger holes, and can get over that 300 foot barrier fairly easily. I still love my Shark for approaches, but I’ve added a River and a couple of fairway drivers to cover some holes, and I putt with Anodes now.

    Beginners, get a Shark! There’s lots of folks that will tell you that Roc is the best mid out there, but when it comes to learning, a Shark is about the most forgiving disc out there, and you can get some pretty good distance right away without adding bad form habits!

    Happy Discing!

  18. 1. The only flying discs I threw before disc golf were those rubbery ring-like frisbees from Aerobie. Those things flew so far and you didn’t have to throw them hard.
    2. I recommend fairway drivers that are understable, lightweight drivers, or understable high speed drivers, like an Avenger SS or a Beast.
    3. I didn’t know anything about discs when I started out, but once someone introduced me to fairway drivers, that completely changed my game. Other than that, the Blizzard discs really helped me develop more power on my throws.
    4. Discs like the Mamba, Diamond, Tursas, Underworld, Northman, the Undertow, and the Renegade would have been great when I was starting out.
    5. For a beginner, I would tell them to try a lot of putters until you find the one you like, and then get two or three of that putter. Also do the same with mid-ranges and fairway drivers. If beginners want to try a high-speed driver, get a lightweight driver to start out and work your way up.

  19. 1)none
    2)I started with cheap innova 150 class starter set but would have really loved to the blizzard series.
    3)like I stated I started with cheap innova starter sets 150 class like the cheetah panther leopard because they was at the time the lightest on the market plus wanting to see if I would even enjoy the game.
    4)innova blizzard series all I own now :)
    5)I watched a lot of YouTube videos on tips and how to. I was the first one in my group of friends to try the sport so I did not have anyone to go out with and get pointers but would be really great to do if you have friends that play. HAVE FUN don’t expect great things right off. start on a easier course if there is any in your area. experiment with different type of throws and grips, backhand and forehand, right an left handed throws the more versatile you are the more the game will be enjoyable. buy used discs at first see what you like there are so many to chose from and weights out there it will blow your mind my driver of choice is the innova blizzard boss for relatively straight shots and the blizzard ape for hard turns. visit local venders at first and talk to the peeps there they may even have a driving range there and let you throw different disc to get a feel of the disc you might start with and give you great pointers too. rock the chains!

  20. Throwing tomahawks helps get a beginner into the game. I used it often for longer approach shots or on more technical holes and had success while I was learning to throw forehand and backhand. A Boss was awesome for my tomahawks and forehands, but not my backhand. A Valkyrie helped that. A Valkyrie is a great beginner disc for any throw. It gets a distance with little effort and is controllable as well as versatile. Having any sort of putter in addition to a driver is helpful for scores and learning how different discs work. The first putter I liked was a Soft Magnet. The Buzzz showed me the value of midranges. But beginners should stick with one disc for approach shots and drives just to get comfortable throwing instead of having a bunch of discs with different characteristics.

  21. The first disc I started driving with was the mamba. It’s a great disc to start out with because it was under stable and wouldn’t go directly left like every other disc I started out with. I really like it now since I can get it to follow the s type flight path.

  22. I didn’t have any form of experience in disc throwing really before disc golf.

    My first driver was a Discraft Avenger SS, which was great.

    I recommend the Discraft Avenger SS to newer plays that I help introduce to the game. Get the Pro D plastic simply because it will be the least stable out of the box and you can find it in a much lighter weight.

    I’ve also seen discs like the Leopard, the Amp, and the Underworld do well for beginners.

    In the beginning make it about having fun. Don’t worry about throwing super far or making every putt. Just have fun with the game. If you do want to keep playing the game and start getting better then go on youtube and watch the demonstration videos or, if you have a local pro, go ask them if you could tag along for a round and just learn all you can. However, always keep it about the game and just having fun.

  23. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
    I played Ultimate Frisbee a lot with my small group at the youth group I was attending ten years ago. We met every Sunday and Tuesday afternoon to play a couple of rounds. Quite often one of my youth leaders would pick me up from my house just so we could play catch. He actually took me out for a couple of rounds of disc golf ten years ago, though we only played a couple of times and neither of us were good at it.
    I’m working at a different church now and my coworkers and I frequently go out to play catch in the parking lot, and we play disc golf together every Sunday, too.

    What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
    If we were to speak Innova’s numbers, anything speed 9 and below that will turn a little easier and fade back in without demanding a lot of power. Most new players tend to throw back-handed (left or right), so a disc that will help work with that release angle will get them better results at the beginning.
    Fairway drivers also have longevity because they keep you a little more accountable with your form as you get better by being a little less forgiving as your form develops.
    My first driver was a DX Valkyrie, which I wish I’d stuck with longer before I fell into the trap of buying high-speed distance drivers early on because I developed little quirks in my form that I have to correct now. Disc down, start slow, and give yourself room to grow into those faster discs.

    What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
    There were two midranges that worked well for me back then–a beat-up DX Roc (one of my first three discs that I got from a friend) and a Star Mako. Those discs really helped level out my drives and my approaches and taught me how to throw more accurately. I didn’t start seriously working on my form until this year, but those two midranges helped me correct a lot of things in my form that I wasn’t aware of before when I started out.

    What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
    Not so much discs I wish I had, but discs I wish I didn’t dismiss so quickly. The Valkyrie was one of them. My girlfriend started playing and she has a Pro Valkyrie that works really well for her; she doesn’t really put power into her throws and she’s starting to level them out a little more, but she puts a hyzer on it and the disc will flip straight on her before fading gently.
    Her little brother throws a Pro Katana that works similarly well, and though I’d normally advise against a 12-speed driver, he does pretty well with it.

    What disc advice would you give to a beginner?
    It’s tempting to want to buy drivers, especially faster ones. However, if you really want to get better, discipline yourself to just buy a couple of putters (one to putt with, and one to drive with). Go out to a 9-hole course where the holes aren’t too long (350′ is probably as long as you want to go) and just play entire rounds with those putters for a while. Make sure you always use the same one putter to putt with, and the same one putter to drive and approach with (which is why I said to get two). This may sound contrary to what one would logically do, but if you can learn to huck a putter out to 300′ with accuracy and consistency, you’ll be ready for mosts discs thrown your way.
    When you’re comfortable with that, move up to a couple of midranges; popular ones are the Innova Shark, Innova Roc, Discraft Buzzz, and the Discraft Comet. You want midranges that respond very honestly to release angles, which will be excellent for you as you work on your form a little bit more as they won’t be as forgiving, but will be very rewarding when you throw well. They’ll teach you to level your throws out and control that arm of yours. Like I said with the putters, play entire rounds with just these. When you learn to control midranges and putters out to distance, you’re in great shape.
    Work yourself up and give yourself room to grow into those fairway and distance drivers. When you’re working on your form, disc down and slow down.

    Also, you’ll hear a lot of people tell you to do an x-step. Don’t. Learn how to drive well from a standing position and focus on the important parts of the basic backhand drive–the weight shift, the reach back, the point of release, and the follow-through. Contrary to popular belief, you can bomb out to 325′-350′ that way. I’m speaking from personal experience.
    The x-step (or any run-up, for that matter) adds unnecessary variables to your form that, if you don’t know how to control the really important parts, will only mess you up in the long run and give you things you have to correct in the future. Keep it simple.

    tl;dr – Slow down and keep it simple.

  24. 1.What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?

    I had absolutely none..I threw the discus in high school but that is so different it really didn’t matter. I sucked horrifically at playing Frisbee with my kid, the darn thing would never go where I wanted it.

    2.What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?

    Newer players in my opinion would be well suited for understable drivers like the Vulcan for Backhanded (traditional Frisbee) throws and something overstable like a boss for sidearm throws.

    3.What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?

    I threw my champion boss more than anything because it was the fastest disc available at the local Academy store. I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew the sidearm throws went a lot further for me because my BH throws would fade after 30-40 feet of distance. After I watched some locals throw, viewed some stuff on youtube, I grew to love my Nuke and my Katana. I could grip it and rip it with RHBH throws with my understable katana and then have a pretty S curve of the sidearm throws with my nuke. My putter of choice was the SSS Wizard or VooDoo.

    4.What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?

    I’ve been really impressed with the Prodigy putters. Also the titanium plastic from discraft is great for beginners as it doesn’t matter how hard or how many times you hit a tree, that plastic is durable. I cant count how many times I messed up a pro-D plastic disc from trees, roads, bushes, signs. Also, the Zombee is a great disc, I use it more as a fairway driver, a faster buzz.

    5.What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

    If possible, don’t throw anything for drives or midrange shots than a buzz until you can control its flight path/distance. Its such a stable disc, people often overlook the smaller mechanics of your throw that a buzz can magnify if thrown wrong.

  25. 1) Throwing around the Frisbee with friends and family.
    2) Low speed drivers like Discraft Cyclone – my first drive , Innova Eagle – very easy to throw, or a Innova Leopard all are very good discs for new players to learn to control drives with.
    3) I used Discraft XS and Cyclone as my first drivers. I thought throwing a stable disc worked best then once I had that down I worked to Understable and Overstables.
    4)I wish the Blizzard weights would have been around when I first started. I see a lot of new players using these and it seems to help them throw farther quicker and control thei arm speeds.
    5) Practice Practice Practice!! Do get mad if you start off driving 50 feet trust me in no time you’ll be throwing 350+ just keep practicing and it’ll come around.

  26. Any prior disc-throwing experiences i had were maybe a little bit of ultimate Frisbee, and my friends 13th birthday party where we played disc golf with cheap 50 cent dog frisbees.

    For new players I would suggest a Leopard as their first driver because of how user friendly it is.

    A disc that worked well for me when I was a beginner was a Factory Second, lime green, Star Orc. I was still in that stage where I was unsure of whether I would be better at forehand or backhand, and with that Orc I could do both. Also, the Birdie was great for me as my first putter because of how it felt almost like a normal frisbee.

    The Leopard has worked well for almost any new player I have ever played with. I had a friend throwing a max weight champion Ape (obviously with no success at all) and struggled to get any better than 30 over. When I handed him the leopard, he dropped his score drastically in just a few games.

    Some disc advice for beginners would be to not get discouraged. all these problems you are having have happened to someone else, and they overcame it. If you’re trying to fix a part of your throw that you don’t like, do something different. Don’t just keep throwing in hopes that it will magically get better on its own, because it won’t.

  27. When I first started playing DG, I really had no understanding of it besides throw a disc as many times as it takes to get it into the basket. I did not know anyone who played, or anyone with any DG knowledge. Like most new players, I believed that you threw off the tee pad with a driver, then threw a midrange, and then when you were pretty close to the basket, a putter. I also had the belief that the higher the speed driver, the further it would go. I got frustrated pretty quickly, but really liked playing.

    I started doing some research online about discs and their flight, the mechanics of the throw, and any information that I could get. I found out that I couldn’t have been more wrong in my initial DG “logic”. I watched many videos, read every article I could find, and gained a really strong knowledge about everything I was doing wrong. So I decided to basically start from scratch and try to learn everything the proper way.

    One of the most helpful things that I either watched or read came from Catrina Allen Ulibarri. She said the way that she improved her game so quickly was to put away all of her drivers, and work through her discs from the bottom up. Throw with putters only to start. Once you are throwing them to their correct flight, then move up to midranges. And the same process over, once you are getting the correct flight from the mids, then move up to some fairway drivers.

    After a few months of using this method, my mids and putters are getting a really great flight. I am throwing further and more accurate in a very short period of time. I am at the stage now where I am going to start working on some fairway drivers while doing some field practice.

    I also highly recommend not only throwing rounds, but also practicing off the course. When you are off the course you can concentrate better on your throw mechanics and also pay attention to the flight of your disc. If your disc is not flying as intended, especially if it is diving hard to the left and hitting into the ground on the rim, that could be an indication that the disc is too fast for your arm speed.

    However, I don’t really think the discs (brand) used really matter as much as using the “bottom up” method. Developing good techniques and building up strength are more important, and then you will be able to successfully throw almost any disc, and it is more just a matter of personal preference. Male players most likely will work up to drivers more quickly as they are stronger and will naturally have more arm speed and strength. Females will take a bit longer to work up strength for distance, but it will come with practice.

    Some of the discs I have used that I like the most are: MVP Anode, Ion, Vector, Weside Warship and Tursas, Any Prodigy disc, Innova Leopard.

  28. My best recommendation for a beginner would obviously be to play with a disc your comfortable with; however, if you would like a specific disc, I’d recommend a Gateway “Wizard” in any plastic as your go-to-putter! There are gonna be so many choices for drivers and mids, but a good putter will save you strokes! I wish someone would have handed me my Wizard much earlier than when I finally discovered it on my own!

  29. 1) I am barely out of the gate when it comes to disc golf. My girlfriend introduced it to me about a month ago and I haven’t looked back. I played the casual Frisbee from time to time but that’s it.

    2) Personally a beginner needs a lighter disc to start. After they are comfortable with the form and technique them they should move up. I would say any Innova Blizzard series disc at a light weight would be a great first choice.

    3) Personally I have tried a couple of discs that I have borrowed but haven’t really stuck with one yet. I bought a discraft crush as my first disc but had a very tough time with it because I bought it too heavy (175g) and wasn’t comfortable with it. Then I bought a Blizzard Boss at 160 and felt much better about it but still feel I could use a lighter one.

    4) The only beginner I have had experience with is myself. And I really liked the way the Blizzard disc carry.

    5) My advice is not to try and throw your arm off. It will only cut strait into the ground or way left or right. Strait by playing courses with very short holes and keep at them until your accuracy is where you want it to be. Then move to the tougher courses. Basically don’t get greedy.

  30. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf? I played a lot of frisbee catch when I was younger, but not much past 14.
    What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers? Since the question is about drivers, I’ll ignore discs like stingrays or panthers. For Innova, a DX leopard paired with a DX eagle or teebird would be a great first driver combo. The leopard will teach great form, and the eagle/teebird will give a bit of wind fighting before it beats in. this gives the added bonus of seeing how the beating in process affects a disc. Other nice selection are; westside’s underworld, lat 64 river, a discraft cyclone, a lightning flyer or driver 1, and one of my personal favorites, the patriot rival combo from legacy. All of these discs fall under speed 6 or 7 and would service a new arm well.
    What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why? My two initial go to discs, were a max weight DX roc, and a pro d cyclone. The cyclone was the first disc that
    I felt I was throwing “far” and the roc became my do everything. The Roc especially has held a permanent spot in my bag since then.
    What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had? I would have loved to have a Westside underworld. It is understable, and would have been great for my noodle arm. I’ve seen several first timers get off some nice drives with this glidey disc.
    What disc advice would you give to a beginner? First of all, find an experienced disc golfer and ask for advice. Second, read online and through the many forums. Most are loaded with beginner advice. Third, stay away from the wide rim drivers. Once you are able to toss your teebird a good ways, then the faster discs might benefit. Until then, they will just each bad form, or fly in a frustrating fashion. And most importantly…go out and have fun!!!

  31. 1) I’ve only thrown a frisbee around as anyone probably has before I started playing disc golf.
    2) I would recommend the Innova Leopard and Nuke SS.
    3) When I first started playing, the Nuke SS was my favorite disc to use and the best disc I could throw. I got really good distance with it and was able to keep up with my friends who had way more disc golf experience than I did.
    4) I haven’t seen beginners throw many new discs but my buddy bought an Innova Vulcan that works really well for him. He throws sidearm and is often forgiven for bad throws with amazing rollers with the disc.
    5) Tip for beginners is just to practice. I’d also encourage them to play against people better than them because they’ll learn a whole lot, whether about throwing techniques or best discs for any situation.

  32. I highly recommend beginners throwing putter and understable mids to throw as they bring out your true form and release angle

  33. 1. I played every now and then in high school and my freshman year of college. Now, years later, I play about once a week.

    2. The two drivers I recommend include: Innova Orc, and the Latitude 64 Diamond.

    3.I started with the Orc. It flies pretty straight for me. (I throw left-handed.)

    4. I wish I would have started with the Diamond. It flies similar to the Orc, but I like the feel of it better.

    5. Just relax and have fun. Disc is a game. Don’t stress if you don’t do so hot in the beginning. Practice and you will improve.

  34. 1. I played on my college ultimate frisbee team for 4 years
    2. I recommend fairway drivers. They will go just as far as higher speed discs but are much easier to control. My set up is Discraft Glide (understable), MVP Volt (straight) and Discraft Predator (overstable)
    3. My first discs were an Innova Aero in star plastic and a 12x KC Pro Roc. I still have the Aero and use it to work on form. The Roc is in a lake.
    4. I wish I had discovered understable discs sooner.
    5. Having fun is most important. Play with people who are better than you. Spend time in an open field to work on form and also just to discover what your discs do.

  35. I started playing Ultimate a little before I was taught to play disc golf by my soon to be wife. I have now been playing for 4 years. The driver I learned with was a sidewinder. It is understable and perfect for beginners. I learned how to get more distance with a great s curve. The midrange I started with was a coyote and it has minimal turn and little fade. It is perfect for beginners who have trouble accounting for turn and fade they can just throw straight at the basket. I also have seen people use a valkarie when starting disc golf which works pretty well. Moral of the story you need something that is understable or has negative high speed turn of 2 or 3 and low speed fade or 2 or 3.
    The advice I would give to a beginner would be to play with people who are experienced and can give you tips. You progress in your game much faster. I would also say find one or two discs that work for you and throw them as much as possible. When you know how the disc flies and get consistent in how you throw backhand and forehand start looking for other discs. I also wouldn’t worry about getting the fastest disc on the market when your a beginner because really it will take a lot of time and practice before you will be able to handle them. Just a couple of thoughts

  36. First, to define a beginner. Obviously, a beginner is someone who is first starting. Someone who has only been out a time or two though can use any disc: they are going to have to learn it new anyway. So let us call beginners, for this question, those people who have played some, understand the game, and are at that point we all reach where they have thrown midranges or ultra-light discs some and want to get a disc that goes farther.

    What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?

    I played baseball my entire life, so I understood overhand and sidearm throws fairly well. I had also played quite a lot of ultimate before I ever played disc golf, and through ultimate, I developed my skills at sidearm and overhand with a Frisbee. In all my time playing ultimate, however, I never figured out how to throw a normal backhand. I had also played disc golf a few times, where friends had taken me out and let me use a disc, although I still don’t know what discs I actually used with them. To this point, however, anything outside of 10 feet from the basket I threw forehand or overhand, as 10 feet was the farthest I could accurately throw a backhand.

    What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?

    First, I have to say that anyone who played baseball until or through high school and had even a decent arm should get an Aerobie Epic. I know this will not be a popular choice for most, but when you are fairly new, you want to improve quickly, and when you don’t, you can get frustrated. Especially if you are struggling to learn a new throw, or a new disc, or a new course. Being able to pull out an Epic, reach back just like you used to when you played ball, and just unload on the thing is comforting and a good way to relieve stress. Then, watching the epic do mid-air flips and barrel rolls and all the other funny things it does while it’s up there can help lighten your mood. Overhand will also tend to be such a player’s most accurate throw, so that will be beneficial. Next, people with a big arm or forehand players will want something stable. I would recommend a DX wraith, Destroyer, or Boss. The reason for this is first that it is cheap, and new players are somewhat likely to lose a disc. This can be frustrating and, if they were expensive, might cause them to quit. We don’t want that. This plastic will also beat in fairly easily, and start giving nice S curves more quickly than others. For those with medium to weak arms, they must independently judge their skills. Something lower speed and understable is a must. I would recommend a DX archangel, a medusa from skyquest although it’s more expensive or something lower speed and maybe lighter, maybe a teebird, leopard or cheetah.

    What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?

    My first driver was a Gateway Apache, and I loved it. I could throw it backhand a good distance for me, and it was overstable enough to handle my forehand. It wasn’t until I found the Archangel though that I really learned how to add distance with an S curve. It added a god 100 feet to my drive. I had a 150 leopard, but it was too light for my arm, I always turned it over, so I would always let my companion use it.

    What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?

    I wish I had a heavy leopard. The light one didn’t work for me, and that really turned me off on the disc, but I feel it would have been beneficial to my game if I had had a heavy one.

    What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

    It depends on the person. The first thing I would say is to make sure you are having fun. Next, I would have to recommend to them that improved putting is the fastest way to get better. After that, I suppose I would suggest that they learn a variety of shots, such as a spike hyzer, anny, S shot, or something straight depending on how the person was playing. I would then recommend discs that work well for each of those: perhaps a firebird for the spike hyzer, a comet, buzz or scout for an anny, a beast for an S curve perhaps. There are a lot of options, and it can be overwhelming looking at a wall of discs. I suppose the best advice one could give a newer player would be to give them an accurate guide for Innova’s numbering system, explaining speed, turn, and fade, and then suggesting they check first Innova’s website for what they are looking for, then infinite disc’s website to compare and see reviews. While the manufacturer will tell you what the disc is supposed to do, reviews and a second opinion are the best way to see if it actually does it. Then, once they have selected the disc they think they want, I would tell them to check Allthingsdiscgolf.com to see if the disc they selected is reviewed there. They do good work over there, and make sure that they agree with the previous sources, although they don’t have as many reviews available. These steps will be the best possible way to ensure they are getting the disc they are looking for.

  37. 1. I played Ultimate for years until I decided it was a young person’s game and one of my ultimate friends introduced me to disc golf.
    2. I started out with a DX shark. It was cheap and easy to throw. As I learned the proper techniques, I was able to throw more stable drivers. A midrange like this is the way to go to learn the game without getting frustrated.
    3. In addition to the shark I got a Leopard and a Teebird. I threw two aces the same day with the Leopard 2 months after I started, but quickly out grew it. The Teebird is still my favorite disc. It flies straight in all weather.

  38. 1.) I used to play casual games of ultimate. That’s honestly about the extent of any disc-throwing experiences.

    2.) Honestly, the best driver for a beginner is not a driver at all! I know that’s not the advice that people like to hear, but it’s true! The best thing a beginner can do (besides find a few friends that play regularly), is to start with a putter and a midrange. They should find a Neutral to Stable putter that ‘feels’ good and comfortable to them; something like a Wizard, Aviar P&A, Ion, Judge or Pure. They should stay away from very over or understable midranges. Picking something overstable will just frustrate them, and picking something understable with let them get by with bad habits. They should pick something neutral, or straight with a slight fade. Anything from the straight to slight fade category would be perfect for beginning disc golfers! Anything like a Warship, Comet, Buzzz, or Core would be a great disc to learn with! Neutral to slightly stable discs will not hide form flaws, and will show people exactly the mistakes they are making. Most people won’t get any extra distance from drivers when starting than they would from Mids and Putters. Once they start to throw their midranges out past 250 – 300 feet, they’ll be primed and ready to delve into the world of drivers!
    TLDR: Get a Pure, get a Warship. Learn to throw those first!

    3.) Wizards! I spent a whole month learning to drive, approach and putt with nothing but Wizards (by Gateway), and my game improved significantly! Other discs that really helped me improve are Comets and Teebirds. Comets forced me to throw cleanly, but always rewarded me with a nice predictable flight. Teebirds taught me how to play with a fade, and were always really reliable and easy to come by (DX Teebirds are cheap and wouldn’t hurt your feelings if they landed in a lake.)

    4.) Any combination of: a Neutral to Stable Putter (Aviars, Wizards, Ions), a Neutral midrange (Buzzz, Comet, Warship, Axis, Core), a fairway with a bit of a fade (Gazelle, Teebird), and a fairway with a bit of a turn (Leopard, River). That combo would give a newer player all the discs they’d need for months to come!

    5.) Stay away from warp speed drivers! That’s what they sell and market in the brick and mortar stores and it will kneecap your game before you even start. Disc golf is a sport that will give you many years of enjoyment, don’t get so focus and obsessed with improving that you forget to take time and enjoy the game. Meet up with other people that love the game, it’s a great way to get advice and improve. Most cities have a Disc Golf Club or Association. Get involved, play in minis, and never turn down an invitation to play around with someone new!

  39. 1) Grew up on the disc golf course, so started with discs.

    2) Start with a cobra or a roadrunner; something under stable and easy to throw until they get the confidence to throw more over stable and faster discs

    3) I started when there were only a few discs on the market: cobra, then shark when it came out. So nothing was really “good” for me, I just worked with what was available.

    4) I’ve introduced a lot of friends to disc golf and the roadrunner is definitely the easiest disc to start off with out of my bag because it tails off so little. Wen I look back, I really wouldn’t have changed anything because as a kid, I was just happy to play.

    5) practice, practice, practice and don’t get frustrated. Touch comes with time. Just remember to keep the disc highway you pull it back, and release flat. Everything else is experience

  40. I like the MVP Amp for a beginner driver. That’s the one I’d give to a new player who just has to have a driver. Honestly, a solid midrange would be ideal. Something like the Tangent because it throws like a dream.

  41. 1) I threw an ultimate disc before I found out about disc golf.

    2) I recommend throwing slow fairway drivers. Lower speed discs allow for better control that new players will surely lack. Innova’s Leopards, Gazelles, and Cheetahs are great for beginners because they don’t need a lot of power to launch into the air compared to distance drivers. I believe that it’s equally important to buy the lowest grade plastics to begin with. Innova’s DX plastic is the cheapest, but also provides a decent grip. As they breaking the flight path changes, which forces new players to adapt and become more methodical with their throws. If nothing else, low grade plastic is the cheapest and easiest to replace if it becomes lost or you simply decide to try something different. Lower weight discs a require less effort to throw, but heavier discs provide more control and predictability.

    3) When I was a bustling young man there were not as many options as there are today. Innova and Discraft were the only discs I’d ever heard of and deciphering Discraft’s chart was like trying to read a foreign language. Needless to say, I decided to go with an Innova DX Leorpard at 163ish grams. I threw it so much that eventually I ripped a crack all the way through the rim.

    4) I wish I had discovered the Discraft Buzzz and the Gateway Wizard earlier than 5 years into playing. They are now the two most used discs in my bag.

    5) I would advise new players work on their form. Some of the best players I have seen couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag, but could beat me like a drum on the course.

  42. I am new to disk golf. I have been playing for about six months. I started with a dx innova wraith. I had no prior history throwing disks before I started to play. My favorite driver now would be a champion firebird or champion leopard. This disk fly great and are easy to control. The best advice that I could give to a new player would be have fun and play and practice often. Don’t be afraid to get onto your local disk golf clubs website and ask if some of the pros or semipros want to play a round and teach you technics and some times they will even let you throw some of there disks. Have fuuuuuunnnnnn!!

  43. 1. I had no disc throwing experience before i got started, which i think helped me because i watched videos of the pros and learned technique that way, ie i had no set style holding me back or that i had to work to correct.
    2. Lots of others have said a midrange would be best for beginners, which while i think my Comet is a great overall disc to have, if you have that rare power arm, they will be left wanting from a midrange. I stick to my guns as i have mentioned before, the Valkrie is the best beginner driver in my opinion and its such a good disc that if you get good at throwing it, it will stay in your bag for a long time. But for those new players with truly weak arms, i would say a fairway driver would be the way to go, probably a Lat 64 River or a Firebird.
    3. The Valkrie was amazing for me when i started out and i only got it because it was the world record holder at the time.
    4. I wish i had my Comet when i first started, it is the disc that showed me control. I got that disc about a year and a half after i started playing.
    5. I would say watch a lot of videos on instruction, learn all the terms that go along with disc descriptions, learn them, know them, use them, do not be brand loyal. You really need an overstable putter, midrange and driver as well as an understable putter, midrange, and driver and then you need some super straight discs. Learn all of the throws and use them all, a well rounded approach is best. Try and throw as many discs as you can from friends before you buy and when you go to buy be honest with yourself, know your game and habits, do your research and understand what you are buying. Try lots of different grips til you find one that works for you. If you are on this site you are already way ahead of the game. Until you really learn how to throw, buy some used discs in cheap plastic, but once you feel confident, buy in premium plastic! You will want to keep a disc a long time once you find some that work for you. Put your name and phone number on your discs!!! If you find one, and it has a number, call it!!!

    Thats all from me, happy throwing!

  44. I’m very glad I was introduced to disc golf at an early age. Before playing disc golf I was a casual ultimate player and then heard about disc golf and gave it a try. Now I’m still only 18, but have been playing disc golf for 3 years and went on to college to play for a D1 ultimate frisbee team and still love playing both ultimate and disc golf!

    When I started playing, I used a Valkyrie. Something kind of stable and not too fast so I could get the fundamentals down. I progressively moved to higher speed drivers.

    What I recommend for new players is an Innova Beast. Popular and reliable Innova. A beast isn’t one of the fastest drivers, is really stable, and will ride whatever line you put it on so beginners can manipulate and throw the disc with good results.

    Some advice I would give to beginners is don’t get frustrated at first! Learn the fundamentals and a good and level throw. Then get into over stable and under stable once you have a good level release to then start getting discs to do different things.

  45. 1. Catch with a “frisbee”.
    2. I usually recommend a mid for beginners. They are comfortable to grip, and tend to be pretty forgiving of bad form. I think an X Buzzz is a great beginner disc. If they have been playing for a little while and are looking to actually move into a true driver, think something understable and/or light weight. My wife has an X Buzzz, and I picked up a 150g DX Cheetah for her. That is a pretty good disc for her. It is cheep, light, moderatly understable, and just a little faster than a mid. I have never thrown one, but Leopards seem like they would be a great disc to introduce as a driver also, and Leopards are available in a greater variety of plastic if the person really likes the disc. I want to suggest the Latitude 64 River or a Teebird as maybe a 2nd step on the driver chain. Those discs are just a little faster than the Leos and Cheetahs, and a little more stable. The River would probably yield more distance thanks to the glide, but is very frustrating in the wind and not the greatest at learning to shape different lines.
    3. When I started discing (10 years ago…yikes!) the only disc shop around had mostly Innova and Lightning discs. I only threw the Lightning discs for probably 2 years; #3 Driver, #3 Flyer, #1` Helix, Rubber Putter. The reason was because I had no idea what the different discs did, and Lightning had names and stamps on the discs that suggested what they were for. That was VERY helpful since the Innova discs had intimidating names and different plastic types and all that crazy stuff. So with that line of thought, Prodigy and Discmania should be pretty easy to get into and figure out as well.
    4. I REALLY wish I would have picked up a Buzzz a long time ago. Or at least educated myself about flight ratings and the purpose of different discs. I jumped into high speed drivers too soon and kept getting frustrated because they all went hard left and I couldn’t get any good distance. So a few years ago I disced down to mids and basically started learning from scratch.
    5. Keep the disc flat, don’t worry about looking silly, worry less about not throwing as far as everyone else, and just keep it smooth. Most players that I have run across would be happy to give you tips or advice if you ask them how to improve. And lastly, it’s all about having fun!

  46. As a beginner I found it best to watch videos of how to throw online and talking with other players around my local course. I recommend playing a few games with a cheaper driver/midrange and get a feel to throwing. Ask some friends or watch a few videos about power grips/hiezers and tomahawks to find out which throw you like best. Buy discs made for you favorite throws and try to have a fun time. If you enjoy it, you’ll discover more methods to improve your game.

  47. 1- Playing frisbee as a child has been my only disc experience.
    2- Being a new player myself, I can only say I was given a shark
    mid-range as my first disk for all throws.
    3- The shark mid-range has worked well for me. The weight is
    175 and it is fairly easy to throw and control.
    4- A putter. Any putter as a matter of fact. They fly straight
    and I have been able to make more shots…successfully :)
    5- Find somebody that has played for a bit and ask them. The
    heavier weights have been better for me as far as being able
    to control my throws.

  48. I have had no experience with throwing discs before starting to play with my friends but its become a thing we get together and do on a regular bases. Its hard to remember my first disc i think it was a wraith which worked well for starting out. One think i can recomed to anyone starting out is get a bright disc like orange or pink and a floater is a must lol also dont try to over power your disc and the tomahawk works well in tight spots. My favorite at the moment is the destroyer it never lets me down and have yet to lose it cross my fingers. The lake monster doesn’t like to spit them out

  49. Hey all! The Review Grandmaster weighing in on this important subject. I’ve been playing since I was 7 years old and we are all chucking Wham-O 86 softies, so I like to think my opinion matters a little bit. So here we go!

    1. None! Believe it or not, my first disc sport was disc golf (or “folf” as it was known back then) I actually got into Freestyle and Ultimate from Disc Golf, which is totally opposite of most folks.
    2. Anything understable. The reason for this is that an overstable disc will strive to reach the ground, and an understable disc will strive to stay aloft. It actually has very little to do with turn and fade. As such, a begginer should use an understable driver as it will go farther and be more accurate for them. My suggestions are always the Innova Leopard or the Legacy Patriot, though there are other options like an Opto Saint, a Roadrunner, an XL or a Sidewinder. No need for distance drivers…yet.
    3. Wham-O ’86 Softies and Wham-O heavyweights! That’s all we had! When I first saw beveled-edge discs (modern golf discs) the Eagle was the King of the Castle. So the Eagle.
    4.I already had a solid base from playing with those big lids for years and years. because of that, the Eagle, with it’s good glide, turn and healthy fade gave me distances I’d only ever dreamed of. Plus I could now shape lines that Wham-Os just couldn’t. It allowed me to play a more serious game of golf, when before it had been about throwing Frisbees in the woods.
    5. Two immediately jump to mind: the Legacy Patriot and the Vibram Trak. Both are awesome, awesome discs. I’ve gushed enough about the Patriot (a Leopard with glide and a more comfortable rim) but the Trak is another good choice. Though it’s expensive, it’s darn near indestructible. It has some good turn, and some healthy fade, making it a true “do all” disc. It even forgives a lot of beginner mistakes in throwing form, which is something that most Vibram discs do not do. If I had discs like these when I started, I just might be a Pro today.
    6. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! It doesn’t matter what discs you have…master them. Make them your own. beat them up, throw them often, and love the heck out of them. Make the discs work for you, not you work for the discs. Also, don’t get distracted by the latest plastic blend or hot new company or amazing new distance driver. Stick with the basics, the tried-and-true Buzzzes and Rocs and Leopards and Aviars and Eagles and Polecats and Birdies and XLs. There’s no need to be fancy. And above all else: HAVE FUN!

    • So we should use the cheap ones until we get good?

      • Heck yes! Beat those bad boys up!

  50. 1. My prior experence was with Ultimate Frisbee, playing catch, and spinning discs (Spin Jammer).

    2. I would reccomend the Vakkyre, Lepoard, Stratus, or Buzzz. All of those discs are fairly forgiving and for the most part stable or under stable. I would also recommend the Orc or Starfire for someone who wants a sidearm or tomahawk disc.

    3.When I first got to the game, the Buzzz was my go to disc. It would follow most lines I gave it and wouldn’t fade too hard. It also has a great S curve for sidearm throwing. It is great for someone who doesn’t have a super strong arm, but wants to try the game.

    4.The discs I wish I had as a beginner are the Stratus and the Condor. The Condor is a great disc for transitioning from ultimate to disc golf because it is bigger, but has a more disc golf like rim. It will teach you how to throw flat, hyzer and anhyzer because it follows any path you give it. A great training wheels disc and if they don’t care for the game after, it makes for a great catch disc as well. The stratus is nice for the beginner that has problems with hyzer because it is so under stable it will be more forgiving to players who still hyzer.

    5. My advice is to get out and have fun. Also, learn your discs before you buy more. Find out how to throw them and what kinds of discs work best for you. I remember I picked up my first boss and hated it. I kept playing and learned to throw faster and flatter and now I never leave home without my boss.

  51. I would say a good starter distance driver for the new player would have to be the innova valkyrie, in the champion plastic. can throw it just about every way and can do what you want with it.

  52. 2. Lattitude 64 river, Millenium Orion LS, Innova Beast for a bit more distance…
    5. My advice to beginners is to warm up before you play and have fun and stay loose/ relaxed throughout the game. You will perform a lot better that way. Also, if something hurts you after playing, you’re probably doing something wrong.

  53. 1 no prior experience
    2 for a beginner I recommend the buzz and the beast. Putters are definitely not necessary
    3 I definitely don’t recommend using the wraith for a beginner but the leopard and buzz are good cause they go so straight and have good distances. But for advice I’d say don’t worry about distance cause that comes later
    4 I wish I had started with the buzzy but another one I’d have liked is the Orc or the roc
    5 the best advice I could give is to work on one disk and try to get control over it and eventually move on to other ones that you believe could improve your game. Having many disks while starting out can be confusing and this worked because my brother learned on a Valkyrie I lent him and he sunk a while in one on his 3rd round ever!!!

  54. 1. Before I really started playing my serious disc golf I had only thrown a regular frisbee and maybe a disc a couple of times. I was however a pitcher in baseball until I injured my rotator cuff and I was the quarterback for my football team. I was throwing 93mph fastballs when I was 18-19 yrs old, even after my injury, but I couldn’t sustain it for very long before the pain became too intense. I can to this day throw a football 70+ yards and over 60 yards from one knee….so my experience translated to disc golf as a big right arm. Also I’m 6’4 225, so that helps with power a bit too.

    2. As far as what Drivers I would recommend to new disc golfers, it varies tremendously depending on many factors. Male or Female? Strong arm, medium arm, or weak arm? Athlete or non athlete? Good form or do you look like you doing some very awkward dance? Taking things like this into account I would suggest different drivers. One of my favorite drivers for new female disc golfers is the latitude 64 Diamond. It will turn for even a fairly weak arm player and it is very easy to control. My fiancé currently throws this driver and loves it. If you have a little bigger arm, but you’re still new how about a Nuke SS or an Avenger SS. A medium an arm…how about a Latitude 64 fury. Perhaps you’re new but your almost a natural, try a Latitude 64 Bolt. It’s not too overpowering, yet it can still be thrown far even by big arms.

    3. When I first started, one of my favorite discs to use was a latitude 64 fury. It glides for days and It was very easy for me to throw straight. For a brand new player, this has to be one of the farthest flying discs on the market. Another disc that worked very well for me was a discraft impact. It was a far flying, very straight disc that was easy to throw and very reliable for me. Actually, a Buzzz worked really well for me as well. It is an over stable disc, but even if you are new, as long as you have a little snap, you can control this disc with the right angles. My Buzzz was one of the first discs I got and it remains in my bag and is heavily used to this day.

    4. Almost every disc I saw someone who I deemed to be close to my skill level use and be successful with, I purchased. But, I would have liked to have a Buzzz SS when I started just to see if it would have helped me develop my straight shots faster. For the most part, however, if I wanted it, I bought it from this very website.

    5. The main advice I would give to a beginner is a two part piece. I would tell them to not worry so much about throwing 500 ft right off the bat, because its probably not going to happen and it’s not very helpful to your development. Don’t choose discs that are made for advanced players when you have just started. I see too many player who have the power for a Buzzz. Yet are throwing a surge or a boss. Just take it slow. Develop your form. Focus on accuracy and shot selection. This is easier said than done as I know we all want to throw the bombs, but try to resist for the good of your game.

    Secondly, the biggest piece of technical advice I can give to any player is simple…nose angle, nose angle, and nose angle. Most discs will go where you throw them. If the nose of the disc is angled up, you will never throw a 450 ft laser beam. It will rise and rise and stall and hyzer out. Disc will fly on the angle you release them. Most of the time when a beginner throws a wildly bad shot, it’s because they did not control the angle of release. Keep that nose down and you will keep your scores down.

  55. I used a Wraith when I started. I would recommend this disc for any beginner.

  56. 1 What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
    I began playing ultimate Frisbee In highschool. When i went to college i joined the team there. I broke my toe playing and took up this great sport to keep ion “throwing” condition’. eventually i dropped ultimate all together as it is p[plainly inferior as a sport.

    2 What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
    I recommend fairway drivers to start out with. Typically something that is mildly understable, or just super stable. Avoid extremes until your technique begins to shape itself.

    3 What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
    My first disc was an Innova teebird. Flies straight and consistent but it is also responsive to the throwers will. It will help hone is a flick or a backhand until your technique improves. PS 6 years later is still use this very same disc regularly.
    4 What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
    I have heard good things about the Zombee
    5 What disc advice would you give to a beginner?
    Dont get frustrated, half of this game is mental, and the learning curve is full of plateaus

  57. 1.Your basic catch and throw. Beach game called Beersbie. A little Ultimate Frisbee.

    2.I am so new I am not sure I could recommend anything to anyone, but my Innova discs (Destroyer and Domminator) that I have are pretty sweet. Feel great sweet colors (for finding them in the heavy Brush). I have a couple differnt ones that I use.

    3. I am still super new, but like I said above my Innova discs are great discs.

    4. I am still green behind the ears, but I went out and got a Discraft Nuke and it is really working out well for the two styles of tee shots.

    5.Find something that feels comfortable in your hand. Work on mechanics, and don’t try to do too much. The most expensive discs aren’t going to help you any if mechanics are all wrong.

  58. I really can only answer question one since I’m extremely new to the sport. The previous disc throwing experience I’ve had is in playing Ultimate. While throwing an ultimate disc and golf disc is completely different I am enjoying both sports and trying to get a better handle at throwing golf discs.

  59. I played pick up ultimate games in college and could throw a disc further than anyone. When I started playing dg I was very frustrated because all my friends were outdriving me. With some practice and choosing the right discs I’ve been able to turn it around in over a year. Now I out drive them all, setting me up for a nice approach shot. Now I just have to work on my putting!

  60. Growing up my dad collected Frisbees and discs. We would always play wherever we went and would have contests to see who could throw the farthest or most accurate. Of course he would let us win. He even hung them on the wall as art in our basement. I now play daily with my fiance and our friends. We even use some of the discs my dad collected. This will always be a hobby of mine and will pass it down to my children. It’s a great way to bond and compete in a friendly way :)

  61. 1) None.
    2)Any understable driver at a lighter weight. Wait to build up the arm and skill for a heavy driver with a big name and reputation. I like a Innova Roadrunner or Nuke SS.
    3)To be honest I really liked an old Gremlin I found at a garage sale. It had a wonderful glide and I could use it for driving as well as midrange shots. The key was it was a bit on the light side (166g) so I could master the basics but still have fun with some long throws.
    5)Any starter 3 pack (say from Innova) is great for a beginner.
    6)Start slow and use Youtube. Lots of really great vidoes on how to play. Also, play lots and lots or find a field and just spend and hour or two throwing.

  62. 1) What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?

    Last February I moved into a house next to a public park/disc golf course. What started as a great place to let my dog pee on not my lawn soon touched off my decent into full-blow disc golf madness. Prior to the discovery, I handled for my college’s ultimate team for all four years. While I haven’t played for a long time, since February I’ve thrown at least nine holes every day.

    2) What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?

    As a new player, I can’t make any recommendations for other new players. I have a strong and consistent flick and really like Wraiths, and I really did not like the Westside Discs King (couldn’t control under-stability)

    3) What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?

    Please see above.

    4) What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?

    Again I must plead new-guy status :-(

    5) What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

    Stretch before you play, build your throw from your core, think of yourself as a clay pigeon chucker.
    There’s no harm in asking questions of more experienced players. The most intense learning experiences (and best performances) I’ve had have come when I’ve asked to jump in with a handful of superior players. Don’t be bashful, just watch, listen, and learn.

    Get some.

  63. 1. My prior experience was with ultimate frisbee.
    2. I would recommend the dx teebird and dx beast in light weights. Both are great discs that teach you how to throw straight. They also have decently small rims so you can get your relase down.
    3. My first ever disc was the dx teebird. This discs really taught me how to throw consistently straight. I loved this disc! (Until I recently put a hole in it.) Definitely one of the best discs I have every thrown!
    4. I have seen the latitude 64 gold line river work very well for beginners! They are able to throw the discs very straight with great distance, (for a beginner). It glides miles!
    5. I would tell them to use your legs in your throw, not just your arm. Also if you have a big backyard at home buy a movable basket and practice, practice practice practice! Also get your putting motion down! Putting is one of the most important parts of the game! Even if you land a drive withing 10 feet of the basket you still have to be able to make a putt! And to just have fun on the course.

  64. 1. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
    Playing catch in the back yard

    2. What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
    I actually do not recommend a driver for a new disc golfer. If anything I would highly recommend an understable to stable midrange to use as their 1st driver. Some suggestions would be Buzzz, Meteor, or Comet by Discraft, Core or Fuse by Latitude 64, or a Roc by Innova. If you do go with a driver I would recommend something light and again understable to stable.

    3. What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
    I loved my Buzzz’s for the longest time.

    4. What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
    Diamond by Latitude 64. My 6 year old can rip it every now and then!

    5. What disc advice would you give to a beginner?
    I would say probably a Core by Latitude 64. This disc is not as understable as say a meteor or comet but not as stable as a Buzzz. It has a nice flight path for people with lower arm strength. Also in the premium plastics this disc will last forever and fly the same for years to come!

  65. Hunter Dunning. The advice that I would give to a beginner is to take your time throwing don’t rush your throws and I would also tell them that you need to find a few discs that you like and stick with thoses discs but still be open to trying any other discs and one more thing you really don’t need a lot of disc wens day July 10th 2013 time3:12

  66. I think the archangel is the most bang for your buck a beginner could get. Super cheap, doesn’t require a big arm, lots of glide and fairly stable flight.

  67. i started disc golfing back in the early 1990’s and i am now 50 years old. i have thrown disc from virtually every manufacturer that has come along over that time period. i remember in the beginning that many disc i tried throwing were just to overstable for me. the modern disc of today are much more unfriendly to someone just starting out. the disc that worked well for me when i started were lightning disc like the number 1 driver ( it was called the mitchell B 25 back then ) most serious disc golfers today wont even consider these disc but for the new guy its the place to start and they have been around since 1984 so that does say something. the plastic is cheap and beats up quickly but as all old timers know dings and gouges can be fixed using a bic lighter and losing a 10 dollar disc hurts a lot less then losing a 20 dollar disc. another disc that worked well for me in the beginning was the discraft eclipse. it was a great straight flyer for someone who has not yet developed a strong power throw. i know that my view on this is a little old time, but when i started you only had 3 choices, innova, lightning and discraft. now there are so many choices it almost boggles the mind. my best advise for the beginner no matter which disc manufacturer you choose, stick to fairway drivers and midrange drivers. learn to throw these well before ever even considering picking up one of the modern wide winged distance drivers.also practice putting every chance you get with a good quality putter like an MVP ion or a vibram sole, it will make all the difference in your game.

  68. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
    Frisbee

    What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
    I would have to recommend the Teebird, leopard, or Sidewinder from Innova. These disks are all beginner friendly when first purchased.

    What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
    I would say my multipurpose Roc it seemed to be the straightest disk in my bag with more glide then I was expecting.

    What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
    Definitely the Discraft Buzz, man does that thing move in the air when you least expect it plus it is versatile for mid range shots that need that extra carry distance.

    What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

    Practice in a field or park, the best spot you can learn from is in an open area that has plenty of room for you to not loose sight of your disks. Learn to throw at a standstill or just take one step before you incorporate any type of x step. Also do not try and “kill” the disc relax the arm muscles while keeping a firm grip on the disk and use your body rotation to help you “rip” the disk out of your hand.

  69. True beginners should get 3 discs. A DX Aviar, DX Roc and DX Leopard. After that they can go Pro Leopard after the DX Leopard gets too flippy or Star Valk/Sidewinder if they are fast learners.

  70. 1. I played a lot of catch and throw with my buddy in a indoor facility but I liked being outside a lot and another one of my friends talked me into coming to play a round of disc golf with him and was hooked day one.

    2. I would by far say the Leopard because it was the first driver I purchased and now I own two DX, one champion, and a light weight star. This disc is going to stay in my bag for some time because nothing comes close to the distance I got out of this when I first started.

    3. Still going to say the Leopard because I have a champion Valkyrie and that is still taking some getting used to and actually I throw faster speed more overstable drivers than that disc.

    4. I would say I wish I had my Vibram Summit putter when I first started because it is an amazing putter and went through a few putters that just weren’t right for me until this one.

    5.The way I started improving in such a short time is playing with the experienced players I do in my area, watching youtube videos of world champions going over what they do and modifying from them, lastly is practicing and practicing often. I usually put in about 16 to over 20 hours a week into practicing and I play in a band, go to college, and work 3 to 4 days a week so don’t tell me you don’t have time to practice.

  71. This may be a little off topic but after you have played with a lower speed slighly understable disk for a while should your next frisbee be a faster speed or the same speed at a higher stability?

    From what I understand most would seem to say a higher speed but at what point would you start experimenting with higher stability discs?

    • I’d say try both. It’s also nice to have more overstable discs for utility shots and windy days, even if they are more stable than what will provide you with max distance.

      Start experimenting with more stable drivers when you feel you have control with your beginner driver and start seeing some high speed turn to your throws. If your slow understable drivers fade hard every time, it’s probably not time to try anything else yet.